Buying a used bike out of state, titling in WA

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  1. HH

    HH Hurricane Harry

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    I have been thinking of buying a used dual sport and keeping it at my folks place in Georgia. It looks like a ferner kaint get a title there without being a resident.
    I would rather not buy a bike here and ship it.

    So if I buy a used bike in Georgia and try to title in WA, will I need to have the bike inspected here?
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  2. XR4EVER

    XR4EVER 919 excuses to ride!

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    Im not sure about WA, but you would in ID.




    I'm sure that was helpful. :lol3
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  3. Handy

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    You should buy it in WA, title and register it, and ride it to GA. Bada bing bada boom
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  4. cbmma1969

    cbmma1969 Been here awhile

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    Use your folks place as your Georgia residence...

    I have a friend that still "lives" with his mother for vehicle registration puposes.
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  5. Pro_Marinero

    Pro_Marinero Carbon Sasquatch

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    Out of state titles require a WSP inspection of the bike for verification. Cost you $65 and a trip to the inspection station.

    Unless you know one personally and can get by with a pic of the VIN... :deal
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  6. Ned1

    Ned1 Lend Me Yu Choppa

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    Hmmm, I bought a Cali plated 50-state legal bike about this time last year...in and out of the DOL in just a few minutes with plate, tabs, paper yada yada...no inspection whatsoever.
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  7. XR4EVER

    XR4EVER 919 excuses to ride!

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    Just a thought, but could you get a copy of the form, send it to your folks in GA, and have a local cop do the inspection? All they want to verify is if the numbers match the title, right? :dunno
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  8. HH

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    good idea, see you were helpful after all :lol3
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  9. HH

    HH Hurricane Harry

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    that thought has crossed my mind many times

    Georgia requires a Georgia driver license to transfer title so thats out.
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  10. DRONE

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    Where's you get this info? I've never had to get any bike inspected to get a title. I bought an Oregon bike last month and just took the bike's Oregon title into the local licensing office, paid the tax and fee, walked out with new plates and my new WA title arrived in the mail a couple of weeks later. Bike stayed in my garage. No inspection. I bought an Arizona bike three years ago--same procedure--no inspection. I bought a bike from Illinois 10 years ago--getting plates and title was exactly the same as last month.
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  11. Ride Now

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    If you're gonna buy the bike in Georgia and keep it at your folk's place there, why not just put it in their name? If ya end up bringing it out here, then have them "gift" it to you and you might not hafta pay sales tax here. :deal

    http://www.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/usetax.html
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  12. Pajss

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    In the last couple of years, inspections have not been done at/by WSP, if the paperwork is in order. I've bought a few bikes out of state, and each time the inspection was "paid for" as part of the transfer process, but all done with the computer. WSP never layed eyes on it. almost seems as If it's a un-neccessary fee:huh, but who wants to complain at the time.
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  13. grinns

    grinns Semper Fi

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    Last two vehicles they never inspected the vin up here. :hmmmmm
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  14. Maxacceleration

    Maxacceleration Awol

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    Never. Bill of sale, title and your checkbook, and done deal.
    Ok, I take that back. For some reason I had to take a 1970 Mini Trail 70 to WSP for inspection. The highway patrolman loved it lol.
    It was because vessel registration told me it was never intended to be licensed for the street. But is was.
    Thats been the only time.

    I could see an off road bike thats been plated for the street, but shows up as off road only at any particular dmv, in whatever state might require an inspection - and the right to be denied.
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  15. HH

    HH Hurricane Harry

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    Thats good news.
    All they want is money. :nod
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    brianjonesphoto Single Track Noob

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    If things are in order wih the title you should be able to just get by with paperwork. If not have your folks register it and then gift it to you and get the title that way.

    Now keeping it in a different state could make insuring it difficult.


    Typos and nonsensical words courtesy of fat fingers on a make believe keyboard.
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  17. HH

    HH Hurricane Harry

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    The folks are not Georgia residents so that won't work.

    I think buy a bike there, title and insure in WA is the way to go.
    If it comes to an inspection I will try a different agency.
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  18. Pro_Marinero

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    Personal experience. I bought an XR200 from Oregon and had to get it inspected. This happened to my dad as well with a Harley from Idaho. Both purchases were probably about seven years ago. I went to the local WSP about two weeks ago regarding an out-of-state purchase issue on a bike I sold to a CA resident and I heard the same thing at that point (It's where I got the $65 figure).

    BUT

    Now that you've rattled my brain a little bit I remember I bought a CR500 from Idaho last year and I just did the title transfer at the local county auditor. This was even on a hammered greasy title that was just about illegible. Maybe things have changed? Depends on the locality? :dunno

    Moral of the story - go with the more recent info. :D
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  19. dukegnarley

    dukegnarley Been here awhile

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    I bought a bike out of idaho a couple years ago and had no problems titling it in wa. No inspection.
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  20. turnsleft

    turnsleft Long timer

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    Hi HH, the last two bikes I bought in Oregon I just took the titles in to the local C of C[down town Woolley] and and had it done in a few minutes.
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